Howe & Howe Rip­saw

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When you look at the Rip­saw, you can im­me­di­ately spot the prob­lem: there’s space for just one per­son and there isn’t a lot of pro­tec­tion. That’s be­cause the end-prod­uct won’t have a per­son in­side. In de­vel­op­ment since 2001, the Rip­saw has been de­signed for sur­veil­lance, crowd con­trol and bomb re­moval. More than any­thing, it was built to be op­er­ated at high speed via a re­mote con­trol.

The idea is that the Rip­saw will use a 360-de­gree cam­era sys­tem linked to a panel about a mile away. Think of it as a real-life video game, where you drive a Lam­borgh­ini with a tur­ret mounted on the top.

A few have been built – some as fast as su­per­cars – but the av­er­age Rip­saw is some­where in the re­gion of Golf GTI fast.

The best thing of all? The de­vel­op­ment mules ac­tu­ally go on sale af­ter Howe & Howe are fin­ished with them. This par­tic­u­lar unit is cur­rently on sale for R9.7 mil­lion. God bless ‘Mer­ica.

Will it be built?

Prob­a­bly. Once the ‘re­motely op­er­ated’ bit is fig­ured out.

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